Have you heard of Golden Root?

Rosenrot, as it’s called in Norwegian, Is an unique plant with many health benefits. It is compared to ginseng, and the root is used as an antioxidant, energy booster, and some claim it’s an aphrodisiac. I’m most intrigued by the succulent leaves and the gorgeous blossoms.

Celebrate the Light

The architectural structure built to house the Sealing Vessel, MS Polstjerna, celebrates the arctic light, casting geometric shadows on the frosted landscape. The building has been home to the MS Polstjerna since 2005. This Sealing Vessel was built in 1949 and sailed 33 hunting voyages, between 1949 and 1981. It is a beautiful combination ofContinue reading “Celebrate the Light”

Inspiring Street Art – Walls of Women

“For centuries, many stories of ground-breaking women scientists, explorers, artists and the like have been overlooked. In Tromsø, Norway, there is not a single sculpture portraying a known woman. WOW Tromsø is committed to telling their stories by making their murals.” – Liv Ragnhild Kjellman, founder of Walls of Women This mural of Wanny WoldstadContinue reading “Inspiring Street Art – Walls of Women”

Look Down, Not Up – Tiny Street Art

I have walked through this narrow passageway countless times, and I have to admit that I have never stopped to study this gigantic graffiti wall, created by Chris Reddy. But thanks to my quest to study the street art of Tromsø, I discovered a delightful surprise hidden in the middle of walkway. I want toContinue reading “Look Down, Not Up – Tiny Street Art”

When Street Art Makes You Smile – Martin Whatson

I love this piece by artist, Martin Whatson. Martin, born in 1984, grew up in Olso, Norway, and is one of the country’s leading street artists. His recognisable style, combining abstract movements with figurative stencilled compositions, is eye-catching, whimsical and fun. What lies behind the the facades of gray? What colorful realms are waiting toContinue reading “When Street Art Makes You Smile – Martin Whatson”

Tour Street Art of Tromsø – 85 year old Marit Bockelie

I am an artist at Once Upon a Dream Studio. So when I walk around Tromsø, I cannot help but be inspired by the local street art. And I’ve been surprised and delighted by the vast range of styles and subject matter. From historical, cultural and beautiful to disturbing and provoking. Each piece has aContinue reading “Tour Street Art of Tromsø – 85 year old Marit Bockelie”

Island View

“Island View” evokes images of tropical sand beneath my toes, a slight warm breeze blowing off pristine turquoise water, rustling the palm leaves above me. It´s odd, actually, as I’ve lived on the island of Magerøya, Norway´s 11th largest island for 9 years. And we’ve recently moved to the tiny island of Tromsø (approx. 10Continue reading “Island View”

Ancient Messengers

It’s not surprising ancient myths tell of cormorants bearing mysterious messages.  With silky black wings glistening in the sunshine; long, lean necks raised towards the sky; they exude an air of royalty and otherworldliness.  One’s fantasy begins to weave tales. Some believe if a cormorant visits your home, it’s carrying with it a message from a lovedContinue reading “Ancient Messengers”

The day the Puffins Arrive! 500,000 pairs of them

Sometimes we are fortunate to be at the right place at the right time.  This past Sunday my family, along with around 90 other lucky souls, experienced an amazing phenomenon.  Each year, on April 14th, 500,000 pairs of puffins-lunderfugl, return to Gjesværstappan to lay their eggs.  That boggles my mind… twentyfour hours prior, a million birds wereContinue reading “The day the Puffins Arrive! 500,000 pairs of them”

Oscar Danielson – A Delightful Concert in the North Cape

If you’re planning a trip to the North Cape it’s worth checking out the local restaurants, pubs and cafes to see if live entertainment is on the agenda.  The Corner Restaurant, Nøden Pub, Z dance club, and Perleporten Kulturhus feature local artists as well other Norwegian and international musicians.  The annual The North Cape Festival in the middle of JuneContinue reading “Oscar Danielson – A Delightful Concert in the North Cape”